Help Portrait Lansing 2012

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Those two keystroke combinations have made photographer ever more possessive about how their images are shared online. Plagiarism and theft of intellectual property is not news but this digital realm has made it much more prevalent. This obsession with copyright has created a new culture of gaudy watermarks and has kept photographers from sharing their images online.

In light of the prevalence intelectual property theft, it is rare to you see photographers giving their work away. Then again, we live in Lansing and there is such a great collection of kind hearts in this city. For the third year in a row, Lansing was host to an incredible event. Lansing photographers and numerous hard working volunteers got together once again for Help Portrait. If you didn’t hear about Help Portrait last year, it is a worldwide event where photographers and volunteers get together to take portraits of people, edit those picture, print them, and give them away for free.

Here is a break down of the numbers from this year:

  • 68 family groups and individuals registered
  • 246 individuals photographed
  • 3 Printers
  • 8 Editors
  • 8 Photographers
  • 49 volunteers
  • 350 cups of popcorn
  • 100s of snacks and cookies
  • 100s of photo frames

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Lansing Residents Giving Back with Pictures

As we approach the holiday season, there is a sudden hum of anticipation amongst shoppers getting presents for gift exchanges, people planning visits to see their families and friends, and right about now we start anticipating the embrace of a new year. Breaking form the norm, this upcoming weekend,  65 Lansing residents will spend most of their Saturday volunteering their time to give back to the community. A few incredible community volunteers have come together to organize one of my favorite Lansing events; HELP Portrait.

Help Portrait was founded by Jeremy Cowart, a revolutionary Nashville photographer. The project is based on the idea that pictures are for giving. Even with the omnipresence of the digital camera in our day-to-day lives, many people never get the opportunity to have professional photographs of themselves and their families.

These portraits are not for your portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn’t involved here. This holiday season, you have the chance to give a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together.  -Jeremy Cowart

Help Portrait transcends the question, “May I take your picture?” to  “May I take your picture in a studio, edit it, print it, frame it, and give it to you for free?”. This idea has created a worldwide community of photographers and volunteers working towards a goal to give people free high-quality pictures.

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